TWSMRT All the latest news from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Moutain Rescue Team Callout 15/07/14 Team called to search for missing vulnerable 22 year old male. His phone had been pinged to the mast in Castleside. Team stood down before search commenced Press Release: 17/07/14 - FAREWELL TO FOUNDER MEMBER OF RESCUE TEAM FAREWELL TO FOUNDER MEMBER OF RESCUE TEAM A founder member of a local mountain rescue team has sadly passed away after a heroic battle against Mesothelioma. Chris Scott from Spennymoor joined Upper Teesdale and Weardale Fell Rescue Association when it was formed in 1968 which went on to become Teesadale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team in the 90's. Since 1998 he has been the treasurer of the Team. Former team leader Alan Best said "Chris made an outstanding contribution to the team, he was the sort of person who worked away in the background and who you knew you can rely upon to do a good job. Chris has left his mark in a number of areas within the Team as well as attending callouts, he produced a computer based data logging system to record our incidents which was adopted by other mountain rescue teams, he managed our associate members for many years and with his wife Kathleen attended the majority of our street collections what ever the weather. Chrisís most lasting legacy for the Team is its base in Barnard Castle, named the The Chris Scott Search and Mountain Rescue Centre in his honour. Chris was a major participant in the 2002 appeal to raise the £150,000 funds to build the base and was totally committed to monitoring the fundraising to ensure we had sufficient funds to build and run a permanent home for the team, its vehicles and equipment. Over the years Chris played such an important role in taking the team from a group of poorly equipped, beg-steal and borrow enthusiasts, to the impressive highly trained, sophisticatedly equipped group that it is today." Present Team Leader Pete Bell said " Chris's wife Kathleen said he fought his illness with great courage and determination and those word sum up how we felt about Chris within the Team. It is perhaps fitting that Chris's last journey on Friday will be in one of the vehicles belonging to the Team which was such a big part of his life for over 50 years." Photo - Chris and Kathleen Scott at naming of The Chris Scott Search and Mountain Rescue Centre Steve Owers Press Officer 07876 132030 17/07/14 10:30hrs Press Release: 02/07/14 - RESCUE IN WEARDALE INVOLVING ALL EMERGENCY SERVICES Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team were involved alongside other emergency services in the rescue of a injured man from a quarry last night. Deputy Team Leader Adam Hearn said "We were called by the Police at around 11pm last night (Tuesday) to a disused quarry at Bollihope, a fairly remote area between Teesdale and Weardale. A man had slipped and fallen near the top of the quarry and come to rest near the edge of a 20m drop. He sustained an injured leg. The Team alongside Durham Fire Service and HART Paramedics secured the casualty on to a stretcher and initially brought him up to the path before lowering him to safer ground. He was then carried out to an ambulance. The incident was concluded at around 01:00hrs. It was very gratifying to see how all of the emergency services used their individual skills to work together to rescue this casualty." Steve Owers Press Officer 07876 132030 02/07/14 Press Release: 26/06/14 - STUDENTS SUPPORT RESCUE TEAM IN MEMORY OF LUKE PEARCE Students and staff of St. Cuthberts Society, University of Durham have presented Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team with a cheque for over £800 in memory of their fellow student Luke Pearce who tragically died in the River Wear last month. The Search and Rescue Team worked alongside Durham Police and Durham Fire and Rescue in the week long search for Luke. Serge Chapman, President of St Cuthberts JCR said " We raised the money in various ways to show our appreciation. These included a football match between our rugby club and Luke's friends organised by James Churchman our rugby captain. Eleanor Harby our welfare officer organised a memorial service and balloon release and Mandy Patterson, Luke's housekeeper organised a raffle. Our whole community is devastated by the loss of Luke but we're all exceptionally grateful for the excellent work that the Mountain Rescue Team, who are all volunteers, and the other emergency services have done in searching and recovering Luke. We're working on a video to help highlight river safety and safe drinking for all students coming to the University to ensure something like this doesn't happen again to Durham.." Steve Owers, Deputy Team Leader said "Although this was a tragic incident it is gratifying to know that the Luke's fellow students, friends and family appreciated the work that we and the other emergency services did. The students themselves also gave up their time to assist in the search. In addition over the past few days Luke's family and friends have donated in excess of £700 to the Team, for which we are extremely grateful. Photo - Cheque Presentation (left to right) Steve Owers, Pete Bell (Team Leader), Eleanor Harby, Serge Chapman. Steve Owers Press Officer 07876 132030 25/06/14 1600hrs